A former resident of Lake Luzerne is dead after her husband fatally shot her and one of their young daughters before turning the gun on himself at their home in Wetumpka, Alabama, according to authorities.
Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told Alabama news outlets that Bob Orsi fatally shot his wife, Charlene Ann (Richards) Orsi, and their child Saturday. Two of their other children were also shot but escaped and were taken to a nearby hospital, where authorities report they are in stable condition.
Franklin said a fourth child fled, unharmed, to a neighbor’s house.
Charlene Orsi, 44, was from Lake Luzerne. Her cousin, Jeff Hamblin, told The Post-Star that years back she had joined the U.S. Air Force, where she met Bob Orsi. Court documents show they were married in Anchorage, Alaska in 1994. Hamblin said they had been living in Alabama for the last few years.
Late last month, Charlene Orsi had filed for divorce, records show. The sheriff’s office said the divorce happened after accusations of Bob Orsi’s drug use. He denied those claims in a motion in July.
Charlene Orsi requested full custody of their four children, all girls. Hamblin said the eldest daughter was 14. The other three daughters were triplets, age 12.
Deputies responded to their home in a subdivision around 5 p.m. Saturday. They found the residence engulfed in flames, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Deputies found Charlene’s body in the carport. She died from a gunshot wound. Two of the triplets were able to exit the residence while Bob Orsi doused the home in gasoline, according to the release. One triplet was later found inside in a bedroom, deceased. Authorities said they were unable to get inside the home immediately due to the fire. The eldest daughter had already fled to a nearby neighbor’s house.
Hamblin said he had been in touch with his aunt and Charlene Orsi’s mother, Veronica Aurelio, who had moved to Alabama to be near her daughter and grandchildren. He said she was no longer taking calls from reporters, but thanked the Alabama community for their support. It was not clear Tuesday if a memorial service would be held in New York.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to give money to Veronica Aurelio and her husband, Al, “who will (m)ake sure (the) girls have what the(y) need to rebuild and heal from this horrible tragedy.”